The consistent positive feedback that Khadija receives for the speaker engagements and training sessions that she runs together with the high attendee rates are strong testaments to the ability that she brings to motivate, engage and inspire her participants and change their view and perception of cultural diversity. 

Every session is different and tailored to meet the requirements of the organisation and the learning styles of the participants. However, the following outcomes are typically what come about from each session:


  • Great understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity, equal opportunities, multiculturalism and ethnicity in the workplace and in the community.

  • Stronger awareness of women’s issues and overcoming adversity for women.

  • Appreciation for life planning and goal setting.

  • Understanding the importance of team work and collaboration in the workplace.

  • How to manage stress in the face of difficult and trying circumstances and pressures.

  • How to manage one’s time effectively and remain in control and organised.

  • Being inspired to go after your dreams, be empowered to make a difference and gain a renewed sense of motivation and purpose.

  • How to be an effective leader and what it means to lead others.



The following is a list of some of the companies and individuals that Khadija has worked with:


  • Latrobe University 

  • Australian Medical Student Association 

  • Pre -Vocational Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society AUS & NZ

  • KWY Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Services

  • Refugee Council of Australia

  • Pamela Denoon Lecture

  • Rural Womens Gathering Association

  • BHP Billiton

  • World Vision

  • Salisbury Council

  • University of South Australia 

  • Flinders University

  • Adelaide University 

  • Local Government Professionals SA

  • Australian Public Service Commission 

  • International Women’s Day Committee 

  • Soroptimist International Adelaide 

  • Soroptimist International Brisbane 

  • Volunteering SA & NT 

  • Zonta Club International 

  • Australian Medical Student Association 

  • Salvation Army 

  • St John Youth Services 

  • Organisation of African Communities

  • Morella Community Centre  

  • South Australia Police

  • Baptist Care

  • Adelaide PHN

“Khadija was the guest of honour at our 2011 Annual Speech Day and Awards Ceremony and gave the Occasional Address. In an extremely confident manner she engaged the diverse audience who were captivated by her 'story', openness, warmth and genuine enthusiasm. She spoke of her life, the challenges, the opportunities and the willingness and belief in the need to assist others…Khadija was truly inspirational and is a remarkable person and outstanding role model for the global community. Our school is richer for knowing Khadija Gbla.”

Rick Jarman, Principal of Trinity College

Trinity College Aunnual Speech Day 2011


“Khadija was an amazing inspiring speaker. She provided the right mix of light and dark, talking about serious issues and also a lovely sense of humour to which provided a balance just right for our audience. I find it remarkable that Khadija is only 25 but can already speak so eloquently and without any notes. We received an outstanding response to Khadija from the audience members all of whom were touched by her amazing story. I overheard many conversations talking about how inspiring Khadija was and also how she is someone to keep an eye out for in the future. I would highly recommend Khadija!!”

Volunteer at the Port Phillip Expo



“Khadija Gbla is a force to be reckoned with! I have known Ms Gbla in a professional capacity for many years, and recently witnessed her deliver a speech to a crowd of 160 women. She has the ability to understand, challenge, educate and inspire audiences, all at once!


Ms Gbla communicates in an insightful, warm, humorous and accessible manner. She shares her life experiences provocatively yet appropriately, making connections between the personal and the political and inviting us to live in a more inclusive and socially just manner.


As a community leader, volunteer and director of Chocolate Magazine, a creative and innovative project, Ms Gbla is creating change, particularly for young African Australian women. I have found her to be reliable and committed. In sum, Ms Gbla demonstrates a wisdom beyond her years.”

Renae Willsmore, Social Worker



“Khadija spoke for a group of 25 young women at the SHE Leads Forum in March 2012.  Khadija has a vibrant way of telling her life story and applying it to the context of the event.


She talked about how she finds her strength to face challenges, with the voice of her Mum in her mind saying “Khadija, you have dodged bullets, you can face life’s other challenges.


This has inspired me to develop my own mantra when things get hard.  She is also a strong advocate for community volunteerism and demonstrates how you get more out of it than you put in. 


I would recommend Khadija as a speaker to your event around women in leadership and community volunteerism.

Deborah Fehler, YWCA of Adelaide

YWCA SHE Leads Young Women's Leadership Forum



“Australia Awards for Africa Students and African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific Members enjoyed a lively presentation from Khadija Gbla at the inaugural welcome event for African Students to Adelaide, South Australia.  Of her presentation, many students declared that they were inspired to succeed by her dynamic enthusiasm for education, culture and community in Adelaide. The sponsors of the event were thrilled to have Khadija Gbla talk to the students and were equally inspired by her passionate approach to education and community development.”

AFSAAP President, Dr. Tanya Lyons

Welcome event for African Students


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